Security is multi-layered. Bushel enables some settings on your Macs that help to keep you secure. But there’s another layer that we believe in: Backup. We protect devices, but a good backup ensures the long-term availability of the data that is on those devices, giving you the peace of mind to wipe or erase a device in the event that the device falls outside your control.
There are a number of tools to backup your Macs. The first and probably most important to discuss is Time Machine. Time Machine is free. There aren’t a lot of options. As with many Apple services, Apple has made some key discussions on your behalf. With Time Machine, you plug in a drive, say backup to it, and then boot holding down the R key to restore in the event of a system failure. I’m not really sure you can get an easier backup tool.
Many will need more options. For those, I recommend checking out CrashPlan. They have a free option, where you can backup to your friends computers (your data is encrypted and safe) or backup to their cloud. It’s not bootable for restores, but the raw technology that is built into the product is super-impressive (from data deduplication and other nerdiness to a clean user interface).
In addition to CrashPlan, there are other tools, including Backblaze, Carbonite, Mozy, iDrive, OpenDrive, SOS, and DollyDrive. These are the more common tools that we see for the Mac clients. There are certainly larger products that support tape libraries and the such, including P5 from Archiware. But for many reading this site, those are likely overkill.
No matter what you do, make sure that you know exactly what steps you will perform in the event of a file being deleted, of a whole system failure, and if you need to restore a backup to another computer for eDiscovery purposes. And good luck out there!
For the second time this month, Apple has released a major new operating system. Today, OS X 10.11 El Capitan became available in the Mac App Store. We are pleased to announce that, even with the significant changes in the operating system, Bushel extends full compatibility to Macs running this latest release. That means that all of your managed Macs within Bushel can be upgraded to OS X 10.11 and new Macs can be enrolled as well. In other words, your users should take advantage of this free software update!
Apple’s latest release adds a number of solid enhancements that businesses will love. New features like Split View for multitasking and an improved Spotlight will allow you to get even more out of your Mac. Notes inherit new functionality that was first introduced with iOS 9 and Mail gains improved full-screen support and swipe gestures. Importantly, El Capitan offers the latest security features and several under the hood improvements to boost performance.
One of the things we love about Apple is how accessible these free updates really are. Most Macs going back to 2007 can run this update. That means your business can do more on all of your existing Macs. Head on over to the Mac App Store to download El Capitan. If you are looking for more information about how to upgrade, Apple has an Upgrade Page just for you.
One of those funny calls we get every now and then is about how to block someone from calling or texting you. There are two main ways to go about this. The first is if someone is in your contacts. The second is if someone isn’t.
To block someone that is in your iPhone’s contacts:
Open the Settings app from your home screen
Tap on the Phone option (scroll down a little)
Tap on Blocked
Tap on Add New
At the All Contacts window, you’ll see everyone in your Contacts/Address Book
Scroll to the contact you need to block and tap on that contact
The name is then added to the list of blocked contacts
To block a number for a new user that isn’t in your contacts:
Open the Phone app
Tap the blue i icon to the right of the number.
At the bottom of the contact tap on Block or Block This Caller
When you see “You will not receive phone calls, messages, or FaceTime from people on the block list” tap on “Block Contact”
Once added, use the Blocked option in the Phone section of the Settings app to remove a contact if you decide you no longer hate them at some point in the future.
Once upon a time, you weren’t supposed to talk about pre-release (beta) Apple software. The ban is still kinda’ there. But if you, like us, are testing iOS 9 and would like to know how well Bushel works with it, then you’ll be happy to know that you can enroll devices, install profiles and push apps. If you are testing iOS 9 and you find anything that doesn’t work properly, please feel free to reach out and let us know! In fact, if you’re using iOS 8 and you find anything that doesn’t work properly, definitely let us know that too!
A lot of people who have signed up for Bushel work for Apple partners, resellers, consultants, and specialists. A few weeks ago, we introduced a way for you to refer your friends to Bushel to gain free devices for yourself. Now we’re going a step further and inviting you to become an affiliate to monetize your referrals to Bushel!
The Bushel Affiliate Program is as easy to set up as, well, Bushel. Go to http://affiliates.bushel.com and give us some basic information about your organization (like tax stuff), and we’ll give you some simple links to have your customers and partners use when they sign up for Bushel. Then, we’ll send you a percentage of what your customers pay us. It’s just that easy. No contracts. No minimum sales. No fuss. No problems.
But wait, there’s more! If you post your affiliate link on social media within the next two weeks, we’ll even send you a special gift (yes, a real physical gift in the real physical mail and yes, it is a pair of those sweet sunglasses). Just tag us in your post so we know you shared it in case we don’t see it on our own!